Karla Welch’s ThredUp collection gets you ready to dress up for the festival

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From sound engineers and screenwriters to celebrity makeup artists and stylists, Variety’s new series “Ask an Insider” will ask the entertainment industry’s top pros to share their must-have essentials, for work…and for play. This episode, celebrity stylist Karla Welch shares her top tips for festival dressing and her favorite second-hand pieces from her new collection curated with ThredUp.

Organizing a weekend’s outfits often plays as much of a role in the joy of a festival as the music itself. But one of the downsides of the shopping craze setting in ahead of festival season is a high level of fashion waste as people shop for new wardrobes for one-off events: according to a survey published by GlobalData, a third of festival goers said they buy new outfits for festivals that they will wear only once.

That’s exactly the problem that celebrity stylist Karla Welch — whose A-list clients include Justin and Haley Bieber, Olivia Wilde and Tracee Ellis Ross — is targeting with her new curated collection on online thrift site ThredUp. The collection includes over 30 of Welch’s favorite used pieces plus items from his own style closet. Essentially, it offers customers a way to put together the perfect cut without the need for quick fashion and at a considerably lower price.

“I love music festivals and am passionate about promoting sustainability, so saving up is one of the easiest ways to achieve a unique, eco-friendly festival look that will allow you to stand out from the crowd,” Welch said. Variety. “Thrifting is actually a better way to test new trends than fast fashion. It’s just as affordable and it’s a much better option for the planet.

One trend that Welch says will make its way to festival grounds this year is androgynous clothing, which she says is a trend that’s “here to stay.” Button-up shirts, oversized t-shirts, jeans and chinos are all pieces in his collection that can be put together in a multitude of different ways according to each individual’s personal style.

But like anyone who’s been to a festival, she knows comfort is key, so she made sure to include a wide range of sneakers and baggy dresses that won’t weigh you down throughout. the day. “I like unexpected chords and playing with proportions, like a mini dress with a shoulder bag and a pair of sneakers or combat boots,” she says.

Another aspect to consider is the heat, especially in the sweltering desert temperatures at festivals like Coachella or Stagecoach. For that, Welch has a trick: layers, layers, layers. “A lot of the looks I’ve created for this festival shop include easy layers like denim jackets and flannels over tank tops and dresses,” she says, adding that accessories like bucket hats and sunglasses sun can make a statement while adding functionality to the look.

You can check out Welch’s full festival edition on ThredUp’s website. Check out some of the best pieces below:

Alice + Olivia Bucket Hat by Stacey Bendet

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Protect yourself from the sun with this stylish bucket hat from Alice + Olivia, which brings a whimsical touch to the streetwear trend. The black canvas is embellished with daisies for a spring touch.


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Unbranded backpack

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A backpack or fanny pack is a must for any festival, keeping you hands-free while hopping between stages and recording performances with your phone. Welch offers this unbranded backpack in highlighter yellow, roomy enough to carry your festival essentials and serving as a pronounced statement piece.


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WearMe Pro Sunglasses

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Funky sunglasses are a festival staple, and aviator sunglasses are a style that’s likely to stay in style for quite some time. It’s smart not to bring your most expensive sunglasses in the crowd, like Ray-bans or Warby Parker – this affordable pair from WearMe Pro is under $10 and adds an edge to any outfit.


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Awake Short Sleeve Button-Down T-Shirt

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Festivals are a great place to play with patterns. This monochromatic button-up shirt features a playful plaid pattern interspersed with Awake’s distinct lettering logo. “This Awake top was shot for a music wrap shoot meant to look like a skateboarder – I love it for any gender, to be honest!” Welch writes on the site.


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Ecru Silk Scarf

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Scarves are arguably the most versatile accessory in anyone’s wardrobe. Wrap it around your chest to make it a crop top to wear with loose chinos, or tie it around a ponytail or loose bun to free your face from stray hairs.


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Diemme ankle boots

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Normally retailing for $450, these used Diemme boots are a total steal. The Italian brand has mastered the art of marrying style and function, bringing intricate artisanal processes to these repurposed mountaineering boots that are as comfortable for hiking as they are for walking festivals.


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Natalie Chapman Dress

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Repurpose this elegant cocktail dress by pairing it with sneakers, piles of gold jewelry and layered jackets.


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Dockers x Karla Khakis

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Chinos are a great way to dress up a festival look and transition from day to night. Pair this classic Dockers pair, designed in collaboration with Welch herself, with a vibrant button-up, form-fitting bandeau or bodysuit for an effortless head-to-toe look.


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